Another Self Portrait Bob Dylan

by elmergantry

After reading some of the over-hyped reviews of this cd, was expecting to be much more impressed by it than I have been…

While there are some gems here (like ‘Pretty Saro’, ‘Copper Kettle’, ‘Sign on the Window’, ‘Tattle O’Day’. ‘If Dogs run free’ and fine versions of ‘Highway 61 Revisited (with the Band) and of Eric Andersen’s “Thirsty Boots’, there is also some pretty thin gruel…

For instance, Dylan’s version of ‘House Carpenter’ here is a very poor one indeed especially when compared with the superb version already available on ‘Biograph’.

But what I found really disappointing, especially, as I had been looking forward to it, is the disengaged version of Little Sadie that appears here. There are several vastly superior versions available by other artists – among whom I would recommend Mark Lanegan’s:

Or John Renbourn’s:

My feeling now is that ‘Another Self Portrait’ would have been improved by greater quality control and is hardly an essential Dylan purchase, in any real sense…

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